Metrolinx' Georgetown South Service Expansion project

Noise Wall Design Meetings

These are the dates for the public feedback meetings regarding the proposed "full" and "2015" builds of the 5 metre high Metrolinx "noise walls". Junction Triangle is highlighted below and if you cannot make it or would like to respond there is info at the bottom. These designs were completed for Metrolinx with a smattering of local feedback in a very short period of time.

Bloor GO Station Construction – July 12 to 14 and July 19 to 21

Bloor GO Station Construction – Phase 2 Underway Continuous Weekend Work July 12 to 14 and July 19 to 21

The Georgetown South (GTS) Project will provide infrastructure improvements to meet existing GO Transit ridership demand and future growth. It will also accommodate the new Union Pearson Express (formerly known as the Air Rail Link) service between Union Station and Pearson International Airport. This project is one of the key elements of The Big Move.

Sharing Boundaries (Green Alternatives to Metrolinx Noise Wall)

Tuesday, June 25 - 7 p.m.
Perth Avenue Housing Co-Op
120 Perth Avenue (at Bloor)

A presentation by the award-winning architects Brown & Storey outlining a green alternative to the Metrolinx plan to build 16-feet high concrete noise walls through our neighbourhood next year. Q & A to follow. Free, All Welcome. Presented by the Junction Triangle Rail Committee.

Rail Committee: Letter to Andrea Horwath, NDP

The following letter was sent from the Junction Triangle Rail Committee:

March 1, 2013

Ms. Andrea Horwath, MPP
Leader, New Democratic Party of Ontario
Room 113, Main Legislative Building
Queen's Park
Toronto, ON M7A 1A5

Re: Invitation to Meet Re: Diesel Train Service Expansion in West Toronto

Dear Ms. Horwath:

Like a number of residents in the Junction Triangle in West Toronto, I am disappointed by the actions of the provincial government related to the expansion of diesel train service and the Pearson airport rail link on the Georgetown South rail corridor.

Residents along the rail corridor have been vocal in their support of electric trains. Your party and local NDP representatives have been actively campaigning on the issue for “Clean Trains Now” with lawn signs, petitions, public rallies and even a Private Member’s Bill.

You can imagine our disappointment with your party for missing two recent opportunities to make electrification government policy in exchange for supporting a Liberal minority government. Placing tax policy changes and auto insurance reductions ahead of electrification contradicts the long-standing policy statements of your members from Davenport, Parkdale-High Park and Trinity-Spadina of electric trains “now.”

There are many good reasons to expand public transit, but nothing suggests rushing to install diesel technology in time for a two-week sporting event will have any benefit for the people in West Toronto forced to live with this legacy for the next generation.

Ana Bailao's Metrolinx Sound Wall Community Consultation

From Ward 18 Councillor Ana Bailao's office.

It's important to note that this meeting is being organized by Ward 18 city councillor Ana Bailao and not Metrolinx. Metrolinx are holding their own meeting on this topic later in the month (February 21).

You can download a PDF copy of this announcement here.

Dear Residents,

I am holding a public meeting on the issue of the large sound walls, which Metrolinx has determined will be installed next to the West Toronto Railpath in Ward 18.

Our community should be well-informed and able to exert positive influence on Metrolinx decisions that affect us. For these reasons I ask you to join me and members of our community for a presentation and discussion on Thursday, February 7th, 6:30PM at St. Josaphat Ukrainian Cathedral (143 Franklin Ave).

Please review the attached flyer and contact my office if you have any questions or concerns.

I look forward to a strong community turnout for this meeting.


Ana Bailão
City Councillor
Ward 18, Davenport (416) 392-7012

Construction at Bloor GO Station

GO Train at Bloor StationGO Train at Bloor Station

Information from Metrolinx / GO Transit. You can download PDF copes of this flyer in English and French.

The Georgetown South (GTS) Project will provide infrastructure improvements to meet existing GO Transit ridership demand and future growth. It will also accommodate the new Union Pearson Express (formerly known as the Air Rail Link) service between Union Station and Pearson International Airport. This project is one of the key elements of The Big Move.

Bloor GO Station Construction Work begins January 28

What we are doing

  • We are extending the existing north platform towards Ernest Avenue.
  • This first phase of work involves utility relocation and installation of a shoring wall through the use of augured piles. We will also install construction hoarding along our property line adjacent to the West Toronto Railpath.
  • After construction is fully complete in 2014, the new Bloor GO/UP Express station will be fully accessible with the following customer amenities:
    • A new ticket sales and customer service booth;
    • A platform snowmelt system;
    • Platform canopies;
    • New bike racks;
    • Station and train information boards;
    • New pedestrian tunnels with enhanced lighting and CCTV cameras;
    • New platform access from the West Toronto Railpath.

Closure of Old Weston / Junction Rd.

Via the latest email update from Metrolinx / GO Transit:

Closure of Old Weston/Junction Road Rail Crossing – Beginning January 26
The Old Weston/Junction Road Rail Crossing will be closed beginning January 26 until the summer. For more information, please read the construction update which was distributed to the community on January 14.

Although this is just outside of the Junction Triangle, the closure of Old Weston / Junction Rd makes navigation around the north-west side of the neighbourhood a bit more troublesome. It also seems to funnel more traffic through Osler and Dupont Streets.

Metrolinx Holding Meeting in Junction Triangle

Metrolinx Georgetown South Project Public Meeting

Metrolinx hosts its first public meeting in the Junction Triangle to provide an update on construction of the Pearson air-rail link and what we can expect in 2013. Got questions about construction plans, electrification, Noise Walls, or other train-related concerns? Metrolinx communications staff will be available to answer questions.

Junction Triangle/West Toronto Diamond
Thursday, February 21 – 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral
110 Franklin Avenue

Train Wall Summit Reveals Little Support for Metrolinx Plan

January 16, 2013

Mr. Bob Chiarelli
Minister of Transportation & Infrastructure
3rd Floor, Ferguson Block
77 Wellesley Street
Toronto, ON M7A 1Z8

Re: West Toronto Train Wall Summit

Dear Mr. Chiarelli:

Following on our meeting in November to discuss the electrification of the Georgetown South rail corridor, the Junction Triangle Rail Committee convened a meeting of West Toronto community groups on January 5th to discuss the Metrolinx plan to construct Noise Walls five metres tall along the route.

Junction Triangle Hosts First Metrolinx Wall Summit

Community groups to express concern over air rail link barrier walls at weekend meeting
Bloor West Villager by Rahul Gupta

A west-end group concerned about a series of noise barrier walls planned by Metrolinx will hold a summit to discuss the issue this weekend.

Kevin Putnam of the Junction Triangle Rail Committee (JTRC) said his group has invited other community groups for a frank exchange on the controversial walls, which Metrolinx wants erected along the Georgetown South rail corridor.

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